As a public school teacher, I have interacted, negotiated and developed a shared vision with a government body for 30 years. In that same capacity, I have budgeted, managed and carefully allocated taxpayer dollars as a department chair and leadership team member. Furthermore, I have engaged, listened, debated, and solved problems with young adults and parents. I have made a number of public decisions affecting groups of individuals and larger bodies of people. In my tenure as a teacher, I have appreciated differences in custom, habits and points of view. It has always been my belief to give respect and thus gain respect. The subject matter I taught always allowed me to suggest another question to follow an answer.
I was elected as an alderman and have followed much of the same course that has been previously stated. I believe I have served the people well in that role. As an alderman and if elected mayor, I will continue to listen, will avoid rushing to judgement, and I always continue to ask the question, “can we do better?”
I am a business lawyer living with my wife and 11 year old son near Davis School. I have spoken many times before the City Council to fight property tax increases and advocate for reasonable development. I have coached kids soccer and baseball teams and also play adult soccer. My law firm sponsors Tri Cities Soccer, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce events and Scarecrow Fest.
My top priority is to recruit businesses to our City, and my professional experience makes me the right person to do this. For more than 20 years, I have advised businesses of all sizes and those who manage them and I recently wrote a book on business and employment negotiation. I want to bring the full weight of my experience to benefit St. Charles.
I am proud to have invested in downtown St. Charles by moving my business to a historic building and renovating it. I recently won the Charlemagne Award for Community Development in recognition of the renovation. As Mayor, when I recruit companies to St. Charles, the businesses will see my commitment to our community and that I have done exactly what I am asking them to do – invest here.
I have more civic and business leadership experience than all of the other mayoral candidates combined. My civic leadership includes:
• St. Charles Mental Health Board – Chairman
• Downtown Partnership Board of Directors
• 2013 St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force – Vice Chairman
• River Corridor Foundation – Treasurer
• First Street Streetscape Design Committee – Chairman
• St. Charles Strategic Planning Task Force
• St. Charles Kiwanis
I contributed leadership in helping all of these organizations attain real and measurable achievements that have benefited our community.
I have been a successful entrepreneur. I started and owned two leading national software companies related to the construction industry. I also created and managed a number of successful retail stores and I currently provide high-level management consulting for construction material producers as Principal of The Caddis Group, LLC.
I have repeatedly demonstrated an ability to generate ideas, build a consensus around those ideas and to then coordinate the design and implementation of a successful strategy to implement that idea. In other words, I have proven that I get things done.
Key leadership and management skills I developed as a leader of large organizations (Military Platoon to Brigade level and Corporate Region Manager and VP) combined with starting two small businesses have prepared me to meet the challenges of leading St. Charles. I have a strong background in developing profit plans/budgets in excess of $300 million and a proven track record in executing those plans. I am a graduate of the National War College – Industrial College of the Armed Forces that prepared me to do analysis of our nation’s industrial base and then develop short and long term strategic objectives to ensure our Nation’s war fighting preparedness. I will utilize these same skill sets as Mayor of St. Charles to further enhance St. Charles’ Comprehensive Plan, aggressively work to finish First Street development, structure business districts for East (Charlestown Mall) and West (St. Charles Mall) Corridors, and support the vision and implementation to make Downtown St. Charles a cultural arts center. My “No-Nonsense” Leadership style coupled with ethics and integrity still allows me to focus on the needs of the residents. My ‘Open Door Policy and Mayor’s Forum” will enable residents to express their concerns and ensure they are heard prior to Council votes. As Mayor, “A Promise Made is a Promise Kept”.